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Sichuan Airlines aims for Copenhagen

The Danish hub has been named on the airline’s website as one of several new routes from Chengdu.

Routes between Copenhagen and the east are taking off this year. After Cathay Pacific began a summer route to Hong Kong earlier this spring, and CPH will see the first flight by Air China from Beijing on May 30, now Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines will be flying to and from western China.

Sichuan Airlines will fly Chengdu-Copenhagen from August 17, twice a week on Mondays and Fridays until October 26.

The new route is not yet officially confirmed but the company recently updated its website, where Copenhagen appears as one of its new destinations together with Boston, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Zurich.

All five routes have received regulatory approval, according to Air Transport World. Sichuan is also considering opening a new intercontinental route to Panama.

Airport Coordination Denmark, which approves all applications for permission to use the infrastructure at Copenhagen Airport, can confirm that Sichuan Airlines has applied for and slots and has had them approved, writes.

An Airbus A330-200, which seats 305 passengers, will fly the route. Sichuan has been allowed to land at 05:25, with a departure time from Copenhagen of 14:35.

The five destinations from Chengdu were originally announced by the airline’s chairman Li Haiying earlier this year, but this was according to Chinese media and was not officially confirmed.

However, Copenhagen Airport has not commented on the new route, as airlines themselves have to report to the public about their route plans, and Sichuan has not yet done so.

Intercontinental expansion
In Europe, Sichuan currently flies from Chengdu only to Prague and St Petersburg, so the five new routes represent a significant intercontinental expansion for the airline.

The company is owned by the province of Sichuan and the airlines China Eastern, China Southern and Shandong Airlines. It is currently considering applying for membership of one of the three major aviation alliances, which according to Air Transport World could be SkyTeam.

Sichuan Airlines recently hit the headlines when a co-pilot was partially sucked out of a shattered cockpit window during a flight from Chongqing to Tibet.

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